Granite is an intrusive igneous rock formed from solidified volcanic magma. As the magma cooled and solidified trace gases and minerals like iron, magnesium and potassium are integrated into the new crystal formations. Feldspar, quartz, and mica compose granite’s granular structure and are responsible for its hardness and dark color.
Granite is hard, scratchproof, abrasion-resistant, and immune to heat. Glazing granite will make it virtually stain-proof. Granite is the hardest natural product after diamond, sapphire and ruby. Polished granite will retain its gloss for a very long. These properties make it a favorite choice for kitchen countertops, interior and exterior walls, flooring and even material for monuments.
For the kitchen, granite countertops are resistant to scratching from knives and other cutlery. On floors, its hardness and durability make it well suited for areas of high-traffic such as hallways and entrances.